Timeline: President Obama's presidency

A look back through President Barack Obama's presidency as the 44th President of the United States of America.

Obama signs 9/11 first responders bill

Credit: Getty Images, 2011

Jan. 2, 2011

Obama signs 9/11 first responders bill

President Obama signed the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, commonly shortened as the "Zadroga bill" or "9/11 first responders bill," in early January while on vacation in Hawaii. The bill was met by opposition from and initially rejected by Republicans, leading  to outrage and backlash from the bill's supporters, families of first responders, Democrats and, most publicly, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and TV host Jon Stewart, which eventually helped lead to the bill's passing through Congress and Obama's signature.

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